February 2, 2024
One evening, when Max Alexander was just four years old, he announced he was going to be a dressmaker. “I figured it was one of those things that four-year-olds say,” his mom, Sherri, recently told the New York Post.
But Alexander, now seven, quickly graduated from crafting frocks of knotted boas and scraps on makeshift mannequins to operating a sewing machine and experimenting with shapes and fabrics. The L.A.-based fashion prodigy has since amassed more than 2 million followers online—catching the eye of actress Sharon Stone, who commissioned a plush, white coat with feather-like shoulder details just a few months ago.
His designs, the first-grader tells the Post, are inspired by “everything around [him].” He’s created clothing made from candy, coffee sacks, or, in one instance, more than 8,000 rubber bands. Alexander has handcrafted more than 100 pieces since his humble beginnings just three years ago.
“I really want to do a spoon and fork dress,” the young courtier said of his next endeavor, adding that he hopes to double his impressive archives in the next few years.
But Alexander is a regular seven-year-old with a childlike fascination with, well, everything—he tinkers with his studio’s Roomba vacuum while on Zoom, expressing his obsession with machines of any kind.
His young naiveté is a gift, Sherri explains, because he doesn’t think about things “like an adult” which adds to the whimsy of his designs. “He’s designing like a kid,” Sherri said.
And to him, Sharon Stone is “just a beautiful, nice person that he’s made a coat for,” his mom said.
“He doesn’t comment on nor care about people’s weight or size. The lack of influence from the adult world allows his curiosity to run wild: When he saw a circle skirt, he questioned why square, rectangle, and triangle skirts don’t exist. Then, he made them a reality.”
Alexander has presented multiple runway collections, the latest held in November, during which he was “fanning” the models to keep them cool backstage. “He told me at one point, ‘Can you go get all my models some Champagne, please?’” Sherri recalled with a laugh.
But his rigorous academic schedule has placed limitations on his glitzy extracurriculars. The family can’t turn their lives on a dime to catch a flight to New York Fashion Week. The demands of being both a studious grade-schooler and an up-and-coming designer are getting “progressively harder” to manage, but his parents are doing their best to juggle childhood with sartorial success.
“I know nothing— literally nothing—about fashion,” Sherri said. “I’ve made some mistakes along the way and I’m learning and we’re just trying to do right by Max, and we always go back to: Is this something Max wants to do? Is he still having fun?”
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